Violent Crime Down 13% in Boston Over the Past Three Years

The Boston Police Department is pleased to report that violent crime is down again this year, with a 4% reduction while overall part one crime is down 6%.  This is the third year in row where both violent crime and property crime have seen decreases, making Boston one of the safest major cities of its size in the country.  

Violent crime, which includes Homicide, Rape, Attempted Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault, has dropped 13% since 2014.  The City recorded a 6% reduction in violent crime in 2014, followed by a 3% reduction in 2015 and a 4% reduction so far in 2016. 

Overall part one crime, which includes violent crime and property crimes such as Burglary, Larceny and Auto Theft, saw a combined decrease of nearly 20% over the past three years.  

Boston has seen a 3% increase (seven total incidents) of Rape or Attempted Rape over last year.  This follows a 22% reduction in such crimes last year (fifty-seven fewer incidents in 2015 compared to 2014). 

Homicides are up slightly this year over last. This comes after Boston recorded a ten year low thirty-eight homicides in 2015 compared to forty-one so far in 2016 and well below the ten year average of fifty-seven.

Non-fatal shooting incidents are also down this year compared to last year, with 8 fewer incidents in 2016 over 2015 and 9 fewer incidents than the 5 year average of 192. Remarkably these decreases were achieved while the total number of arrests in the city dropped 26% during this period.

 At a time when crime rates are on the rise around the country, Boston continues to experience a steady decrease in violent crime and property crime. “Keeping Boston safe is my number one priority,” said Commissioner William Evans.  “An increase in any category is of concern and my officers will continue to strive to ensure the safety of all who work, live and visit the city. We will continue to build strong relationships in the community because we see the value and impact they can have on reducing crime and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

Click HERE for Part One Crime comparison for 2015 v. 2016